Monday, February 28th 2011

March 8 Launch Date for Radeon HD 6990

The the consumer graphics industry is about to see yet another round of competition between top market players AMD and NVIDIA in March, with reports suggesting that the red team (AMD) has chosen March 8 as the launch date of its Radeon HD 6990 graphics card. NVIDIA's response, the GeForce GTX 590 is slated for sometime later in March, as well. AMD is said to be finalizing the SKU, and it should be launched by partners on the 8th of next month. The Radeon HD 6990 is a dual-GPU "CrossFire on a stick" solution, in which two AMD Cayman GPUs with 2 GB of memory each, work in tandem.

Source: 3D Center, Image Courtesy Hexus.net
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84 Comments on March 8 Launch Date for Radeon HD 6990

#1
Hustler
Yay!!!....pay a $1000 to play crappy DX9 console ports at higher resolutions with upscaled sub 720p textures...

No thanks.
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#2
random
Yummy, come to papa! Ready to destroy my wallet.
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#3
The Witcher
When will people learn the lesson ?

Most of these "Extreme high-end, 2 GPU graphic cards) are filled with bugs, expensive and power hungry.

a GTX 460, 560 SLI is a better option.

I've been seeing people crying all over the Internet about their new "broken" Dual-GPU cards ever since the 9800 GX2 was released.
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#4
Dr. Nick
by: Hustler
Yay!!!....pay a $1000 to play crappy DX9 console ports at higher resolutions with upscaled sub 720p textures...

No thanks.
DirectX 9? Console ports?Sub 720p textures?
Just about everybody willing to shell out the money for this would be more interested in playing the super high-end PC only games that have high res textures either officially or through mods.

By the way, 720p is almost always referred to as a display resolution. Textures use 512, 1024, 2048, etc.

Also it's probably going to be closer to $750-$850.
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#5
Hayder_Master
it's too long to release, it not will be something interesting anymore
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#6
DarkOCean
This card cannot be more than 600$.
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#7
.Tk
by: The Witcher
When will people learn the lesson ?

Most of these "Extreme high-end, 2 GPU graphic cards) are filled with bugs, expensive and power hungry.

a GTX 460, 560 SLI is a better option.

I've been seeing people crying all over the Internet about their new "broken" Dual-GPU cards ever since the 9800 GX2 was released.
Glad there's only nVidia on the market right?
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#8
Fourstaff
I for one, look forward to this card, not so much of performance increase, but from engineering PoV.
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#9
NC37
Wasn't 7 series when they started the GX2?

Really don't care what they release at this point as long as prices on the 1GB 460s finally get to $150. Course then i'll probably still want a rebate to drop it even lower :D
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#10
Imsochobo
by: The Witcher
When will people learn the lesson ?

Most of these "Extreme high-end, 2 GPU graphic cards) are filled with bugs, expensive and power hungry.

a GTX 460, 560 SLI is a better option.

I've been seeing people crying all over the Internet about their new "broken" Dual-GPU cards ever since the 9800 GX2 was released.
4870x2 was horrible but 5970, god damn its a good card.
a friend of mine has it, and he plays sooo many titles, no problems whatso ever.
5970 is under 300W, and its reasonably quiet for its performance, and rumours tell us that 6990 is even better made in every area.

4870x2 broke in 6 months, while friends still rock with the 5970 without needing to dustclean them like they did with old x2 cards.
times change... microstutter is still present tho, to a certant degree.
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#11
Imsochobo
by: Dr. Nick
DirectX 9? Console ports?Sub 720p textures?
Just about everybody willing to shell out the money for this would be more interested in playing the super high-end PC only games that have high res textures either officially or through mods.

By the way, 720p is almost always referred to as a display resolution. Textures use 512, 1024, 2048, etc.

Also it's probably going to be closer to $750-$850.
black ops.
look at console vs pc.. rofl.
loads of games, they might be crappy coded, but they have better graphics.
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#12
The Witcher
by: .Tk
Glad there's only nVidia on the market right?
Is this some kind of "trick" questions ?

Actually, I like the fact that there are competitors...more benefits to the consumers :)
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#13
The Witcher
by: Imsochobo
4870x2 was horrible but 5970, god damn its a good card.
a friend of mine has it, and he plays sooo many titles, no problems whatso ever.
5970 is under 300W, and its reasonably quiet for its performance, and rumours tell us that 6990 is even better made in every area.

4870x2 broke in 6 months, while friends still rock with the 5970 without needing to dustclean them like they did with old x2 cards.
times change... microstutter is still present tho, to a certant degree.
Well, my friend got the 5970, he couldn't even play BC2 with decent fps, he had like 20fps or so for most of his games. Note that he has a 980X CPU.

He was able to get rid of most of the bugs after several patches, fixes and drivers. It took him many months....too much frustration.

I'm just saying that for some reason Dual GPU graphic cards tends to have a higher than average failure rate and there many other options to choose from which are more efficient and more cheaper.
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#14
random
by: The Witcher
When will people learn the lesson ?

Most of these "Extreme high-end, 2 GPU graphic cards) are filled with bugs, expensive and power hungry.

a GTX 460, 560 SLI is a better option.

I've been seeing people crying all over the Internet about their new "broken" Dual-GPU cards ever since the 9800 GX2 was released.
Sorry, can you be more specific when you say bugs? Especially when you're claiming that SLI with lower end cards is a better option, you do realize that by mentioning bugs along with power hungriness has you pointing to ALL types of SLI/Crossfire systems whether its on one card or two separate cards it is the same protocol dude but granted that a single dual gpu card will most likely require less power to run and leave more room in the case with less heat dumped in it also... :wtf:
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#15
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: The Witcher
Well, my friend got the 5970, he couldn't even play BC2 with decent fps, he had like 20fps or so for most of his games. Note that he has a 980X CPU.

He was able to get rid of most of the bugs after several patches, fixes and drivers. It took him many months....too much frustration.

I'm just saying that for some reason Dual GPU graphic cards tends to have a higher than average failure rate and there many other options to choose from which are more efficient and more cheaper.
I smell trolling with this post. there is no way in hell a 32nm 6 core 12 thread CPU with one of the highest end video cards couldn't play BC2 over 20FPS. hell i got 30-40FPS with my I7 920 and a 9600GT while i waiting on my 5850 to arrive.
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#16
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Aye, smells more like drivers issues to me.
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#17
Fourstaff
by: The Witcher
Well, my friend got the 5970, he couldn't even play BC2 with decent fps, he had like 20fps or so for most of his games. Note that he has a 980X CPU.

He was able to get rid of most of the bugs after several patches, fixes and drivers. It took him many months....too much frustration.

I'm just saying that for some reason Dual GPU graphic cards tends to have a higher than average failure rate and there many other options to choose from which are more efficient and more cheaper.
Its true that internal CF cards suffer a lot more problems than external CF cards, but to that extent, its possibly BC2's fault, or AMD couldn't find the bug. Yes, Obviously Dual GPU cards have much more problems than single chip solutions, but that's because of the added complexity of the card, and therefore more prone to problems and failure. Yes, there are a lot of other options which are cheaper and more efficient, but power consumption wise, its hard for a dual card solution to beat dual gpu configuration, assuming that you are comparing the same generation. Also, cheaper solutions more likely than not occupies much more space, and it may not be an option. To me, internal CF or SLi is a alternative, rather than a route someone is forced to take: Games nowadays are so console limited that a decent mid range card like GTX 560 Ti and 6850 can easily power it at high settings, and people who go for dual card/dual chip is either asking for trouble or they are willing to suffer minor inconveniences to get that extra fps and increase their epeen.
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#18
AlienIsGOD
by: brandonwh64
I smell trolling with this post. there is no way in hell a 32nm 6 core 12 thread CPU with one of the highest end video cards couldn't play BC2 over 20FPS. hell i got 30-40FPS with my I7 920 and a 9600GT while i waiting on my 5850 to arrive.
no doubt my setup with dual 512MB 4850s and a non O/C'ed Q9450 still grabs me ~55-65FPS with custom settings of high/very high and 4x AA and 4xAF. No HBAO tho :ohwell:
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#19
wahdangun
by: Fourstaff
Its true that internal CF cards suffer a lot more problems than external CF cards, but to that extent, its possibly BC2's fault, or AMD couldn't find the bug. Yes, Obviously Dual GPU cards have much more problems than single chip solutions, but that's because of the added complexity of the card, and therefore more prone to problems and failure. Yes, there are a lot of other options which are cheaper and more efficient, but power consumption wise, its hard for a dual card solution to beat dual gpu configuration, assuming that you are comparing the same generation. Also, cheaper solutions more likely than not occupies much more space, and it may not be an option. To me, internal CF or SLi is a alternative, rather than a route someone is forced to take: Games nowadays are so console limited that a decent mid range card like GTX 560 Ti and 6850 can easily power it at high settings, and people who go for dual card/dual chip is either asking for trouble or they are willing to suffer minor inconveniences to get that extra fps and increase their epeen.
you forgeting multi monitor crowd, and anyone who use this kind of setup to use only single monitor is stupid.
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#20
ensabrenoir
To each his own

Just because I don't like something can't afford it or perfer something different don't make the other item garbage. Those who run ultra high end really don't care we just want the best and are willing to pay for it. Bugs don't matter power don't matter Just get what u want or save up for it
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#22
The Witcher
by: brandonwh64
I smell trolling with this post. there is no way in hell a 32nm 6 core 12 thread CPU with one of the highest end video cards couldn't play BC2 over 20FPS. hell i got 30-40FPS with my I7 920 and a 9600GT while i waiting on my 5850 to arrive.
Did you read what I typed ?

I told you it was a faulty card with many drivers issue.

He is not the only one, I've seen many people on many different forums complaining from similar issues.

Why is it that every time you say something negative about a certain hardware/game you get flagged as a fanboy or a troll :shadedshu

What do they say in English....take it or leave it ?

Anyway, I've said everything I have, it's your choice in the end.
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#23
20mmrain
I am sure this card will be awesome!!!

But I am also sure this card will also Be Hot 90c+!/ Also Be Buggy/ Also Have a Ridiculously Loud Fan Too/ Finally Horribly Cut Down Because of power restrictions!!!!!

It makes me think... wouldn't one be better off buying a a couple of 6970's or 6950's then this. The only reason I would pick one up is because it is proven to make your E-Pen15 to grow buy 13 inches when you get it.

Still A really bad ass card and I have all the best wishes for it and I hope I am wrong!
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#24
Wile E
Power User
by: The Witcher
When will people learn the lesson ?

Most of these "Extreme high-end, 2 GPU graphic cards) are filled with bugs, expensive and power hungry.

a GTX 460, 560 SLI is a better option.

I've been seeing people crying all over the Internet about their new "broken" Dual-GPU cards ever since the 9800 GX2 was released.
2 card SLI and Crossfire solutions are only better if you actually want to use 2 16x slots for video cards. Personally, I prefer using only one of my slots, especially now that SSDs are coming down in price. Uber dual GPU card in the top 16x slot, uber RAID controller card and multiple SSDs (or just a PCIe based SSD like the RevoDrive) in the second slot. Still leaves plenty of room for my sound card, too. SLI/Crossfire on a stick has it's place and uses.

by: The Witcher
Well, my friend got the 5970, he couldn't even play BC2 with decent fps, he had like 20fps or so for most of his games. Note that he has a 980X CPU.

He was able to get rid of most of the bugs after several patches, fixes and drivers. It took him many months....too much frustration.

I'm just saying that for some reason Dual GPU graphic cards tends to have a higher than average failure rate and there many other options to choose from which are more efficient and more cheaper.
My 4870X2 plays BC2 (and any other game) just fine with no microstutter. The only bugs I have are the rare games that don't support Xfire (which effects regular SLI and Xfire setups anyway), and the bugs that everyone has with ATI, like scaling and refresh rate. There are absoltuely no bugs that effect a 4870X2 that don't also effect 4870 Xfire setups.

That said, I should mention that I have a 1250w PSU and water cool, so power consumption, heat and noise are non-issues for me.

But still, the point remains, multi card setups are not always better.
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#25
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: The Witcher
Did you read what I typed ?

I told you it was a faulty card with many drivers issue.

He is not the only one, I've seen many people on many different forums complaining from similar issues.

Why is it that every time you say something negative about a certain hardware/game you get flagged as a fanboy or a troll :shadedshu

What do they say in English....take it or leave it ?

Anyway, I've said everything I have, it's your choice in the end.
LOL nothing here was fanboyish or trollish about what i said. that hardware should have ran the game well beyond 20FPS. also in your post, it mentions no where about him having a faulty card, just that he had bad drivers and glitches.
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